Portion of Pimlico Deemed Unsafe

Justify with Mike Smith atop wins the 143rd Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico race track, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Baltimore. Bravazo with Luis Saez aboard wins second with Tenfold with Ricardo Santana Jr. atop places. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

BALTIMORE (AP) --
BALTIMORE (AP) -- An engineering firm has determined the last historic section of Pimlico Race Course isn't safe, meaning almost 7,000 seats won't be available for the Preakness Stakes next month.
The club told ticket buyers of the closure in an email Saturday about the May 18th race.
Pimlico's website says the seats make up about 17.5% of the overall seated capacity of nearly 38,000 people. An additional 82,000 people are estimated to fit in standing room and infield areas.
Lawmakers recently rejected legislation to accelerate plans to renovate Laurel Park and a Bowie facility so they could host the race.



 
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